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Author: David Moth

David Moth

David Moth is Social Media Manager and Blog Editor at Econsultancy. 

Ford launches social sales tool for US dealers

Ford has launched a new tool that allows its US franchises to show real time vehicle inventory information through their own social media profiles.

FordDirect DealerConnection Vehicle Showroom (VSR) integrates with Facebook pages, YouTube channels or blogs to allow customers to browse new and used car information without clicking out of their original destination.

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P&G sheds 1,600 jobs as it cuts ad spend

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is to lay off 1,600 staff as part of a cost cutting exercise that will also include a re-evaluation of the company’s $10bn ad budget.

It comes as P&G chairman Robert McDonald revealed to analysts that the company had somewhat belatedly recognised the cost efficiency of digital marketing.

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Google fined £415k in France for providing a free mapping tool

Google has been fined £415,000 by a French court for offering Google Maps to businesses as a free service.

Bottin Cartographes successfully sued for the damages after claiming Google was abusing its dominant position and stifling competition against companies that charged for the service.

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Zynga offers players 'energy boost' for watching ads

Zynga is trialling ‘reward advertising’ on CityVille that allows players to refill their energy bar by interacting with an advertiser.

Sponsors involved in the trial, which began in December, include Coca-Cola, MasterCard and the 20th Century Fox film ‘What’s Your Number?’.

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Recommendations help drive 27.9% holiday sales growth at John Lewis

John Lewis says the new personalised recommendation tool on its website was a key factor in driving a 27.9% increase in sales over Christmas.

The tool, created by RichRelevance, provides customers with recommendations on fashion items by analysing shopping behaviour alongside the relationships between products and product categories.

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iPhone shipments up by 128% in Q4

Apple’s smartphone shipments increased by 128% year-on-year in Q4, meaning that it has now jumped to third overall in worldwide mobile phone shipments.

The report from the International Data Corporation shows that Nokia and Samsung maintained their positions as one and two in the table, with 113.5m and 97.6m units shipped respectively. For now, Apple is still some way behind with 37m units shipped.

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M&S launches Samsung Smart TV app

M&S has become the first UK retailer to launch an app for Samsung’s connected TV range.

The app will showcase products ranges but has no transactional capability, though a spokesman for Samsung said that an e-commerce function may be added in future.

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Facebook's IPO: the experts' view

With the wheels finally in motion on Facebook’s IPO, the media has gone into meltdown over the billions Zuckerberg and his team stand to make from floating the company.

Facebook is looking to raise $5bn, but there's a tantalising possibility that demand for the stock could drive the figure closer to $10bn.

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Google+ reaches 100m users

On the day Facebook finally filed for its IPO, an analyst signalled that Google+ is slowly creeping up on the number one social network.

Google+ watcher Paul Allen estimated in a blog post that the social network has reached 100m users, an increase of 10m since Google last announced membership figures just two weeks ago.

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Capital One signs up for MSN Exclusives

Capital One is the first major brand to sign up for a multichannel advertising deal across MSN’s new website, mobile and Xbox.

The deal wraps Capital One banners and pre-roll ads around a special section of MSN Entertainment called 'MSN Exclusives', as well as tie-ins to exclusive web content and competition prizes.

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TMNG launches smartphone lease plan in the US

Consulting firm TMNG Global has launched a smartphone leasing scheme in the US as an alternative to a two-year phone contract.

This will allow people to use the latest handset technology without having to pay early termination charges.

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YouTube CEO says it may launch subscription service

YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar has suggested that the video sharing website could introduce a subscription service.

The company is currently investing around $100m to develop dedicated content channels for subjects such as news, fashion and fitness and celebrity gossip.

During an interview at D:Dive Into Media, Kamangar said we are entering a “third wave” of media where people expect to receive exactly what they want to watch through a continuous stream of video content.

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